This is the official State High School Championship of Georgia--a unique annual event which should not be missed.
See HS Team Championship flier
for full details on the competition and registration. Deadline for registration and payment is Tuesday, March 19th.
Registration fee is $60 per 5-person team. The earliest possible indication by email of your intention to participate will assist in planning.
Top finishers over the past decade have come from all parts of the state. The 2012 champion was perennial contender and past champion Chamblee HS. In 2011, Pace Academy took the title. The 2010 state champion was Alpharetta High School going undefeated in a group of 24 teams. Non-Metro Atlanta champions have included Clarke Central, Gilmer and Pierce County.
Points for those considering competing for the first time:
1. Each year, many of the schools are first-time participants. All size schools, public and private, compete head-to-head. There is no regional or qualifying requirement for this tournament--any Georgia high school can simply register and compete. This event offers the one opportunity each year for high school chess clubs to compete in a formal setting against peer groups from around Georgia. The competition can give otherwise unstructured chess clubs a bit of a goal for the year.
2. This event is appropriate for all skill and experience levels. Many participants have never played in a formal chess tournament. At least two-thirds of the participating school teams consist of casual players who come to this competition and no others. Students should be interested and serious about the competition.
3. All teams will play all five rounds of chess–this is not a knockout or elimination format. Round times will start at 10-11:30-1-2:30-4.
4. The event is run in a formal manner by a US Chess Federation (USCF) tournament director; however, the experience is also designed to be comfortable and non-intimidating. Given the time constraints of many students, this is a one-day event with five rounds of chess at a time control of G/30 (each player has a maximum of 30 minutes of playing time per game).
5. The competition is organized in 5-board team format–a team must consist of a minimum of five high school students ranked in playing strength. Up to two teams can be entered from a school and there are provisions for alternate players. See the attached registration instructions for further guidance.
6. The earliest possible indication by email of your intention to participate will assist in planning.
7. Bring chess clocks if you have them, sets/boards for analysis, pens and score sheets for notation. We will supply standard tournament boards and sets for the playing area.
8. We will provide further details on parking and food together with a map to those schools registering. Food will be readily available on the Emory campus.
We are looking forward to another excellent competition. Please do not hesitate to call or email with questions.
Ted Wieber, Georgia Chess Association